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In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Blithedale Romance we see that Miles Coverdale is lost in his feelings for Zenobia an exotic woman Priscilla a mysterious young girl and Hollingsworth a philanthropist Coverdale moves to Blithedale feeling displaced and depressed Throughout the novel he explains to the reader things he likes and dislikes about each of the other characters There he meets Zenobia Hollingsworth and Priscilla At first he doesnt get along too well with any of them but then finds himself feeling affectionate about each of them Miles Coverdale shows us at the beginning of his story that he finds Zenobia attractive He shows us things that he likes and dislikes about her Her hair- which was dark glossy and of singular abundance- was up rather soberly and primly without curls or other ornaments except a single flower It was an exotic of rare beauty and as fresh as if the hot-house gardener had just clipped it from the stem Page 15 Coverdale shows a lot of interest in Zenobia He is watching her closely and examining her He is very aroused by the exotic flower that is in her hair He wonders how she has such a fresh and beautiful flower in the middle of such a cold winter Preferable- by the way of variety at least- was Zenobias bloom health and vigor which she possessed in such overflow that a man might well have fallen in love with her for their sake only Page 16 Miles Coverdale explains that Zenobia is very beautiful but there is a sense of power that she seems to have Zenobias personality traits that Coverdale describes are good to have but she seems too perfect for Coverdale This is an example of eroticism of exoticism an idea by Sigmund Freud that says a man might fall in love just because of her looks and nothing more Another character that Coverdale shows affection for in the novel is Hollingsworth This
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